by Otis Bradley
Beautiful clay tile roofs are part of the history of California as well as much of Europe. In fact clay roof tiles date back thousands of years in China before spreading through Asia and to the Greeks and Romans.
Clay tiles come in many shapes and forms:
Barrel tile or two piece – is shaped like a 20 inch piece of pipe that was cut in half – only it is tapered – one piece lays on the roof facing up and the other faces down – covering a half of two pieces – something like the illustration below.
Clay tiles come in many “earthen” colors. Often the colors are “blended” using several colors to create different effects.